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Regression: a necessary state of mind for therapeutic growth?

With Dr Lorraine Price, Dr Adah Sachs and Marcus West

Saturday 17 November 2018 - London

This meeting will consider how we respond therapeutically when our client seems to be relating to us from a young or regressed self-state. Each of our speakers will approach the subject by considering what early relational experiences the client may be describing by embodying this younger self. What happened for them at that age? What meanings do we make of such frozen self-states? When the client suddenly speaks in a childlike voice or wears clothes suited to a much younger person, what feelings does that arouse for the therapist? How do we recognise and assimilate a parental countertransference that seems to belong to their story? How can this be thought and talked about to facilitate a therapeutic resolution?

From a relational/developmental perspective, Dr Lorraine Price will identify the importance of regression within psychotherapy for some clients, and how therapy can facilitate modes of regression that allow for developmental growth. She will be joined by Dr Adah Sachs, whose focus will be on the regressive states experienced by people suffering from dissociative disorders. Adah will reflect on the value of these states to protect the core personality of an abused childhood, but also discuss the severe risks to the adult in therapy who slips into these at times of stress. Finally, Marcus West will explore the kinds of early relational experience of people who develop 'malignant regressions' (Balint) or whom Freud thought of as exhibiting negative therapeutic reactions. These traumatic relational experiences manifest in the therapeutic relationship in ways that can be very difficult for the therapist and patient to navigate, and we will consider how to navigate that relational space.


Dr Lorraine Price
Dr Lorraine Price is an Integrative Psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. She is currently Programme Leader of the MSc Psychotherapy Programme, the Diploma in Clinical Supervision, and the Trauma CPD Programme at Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham. Lorraine has a private practice near to Lichfield, Staffordshire, and a supervision practice in Ireland. She is accredited with UKCP, IAHIP and BACP. Lorraine's research interests are in developmental trauma and regressive processes... More >>

Dr Adah Sachs
Dr. Adah Sachs is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a member of the Bowlby Centre. She has worked for decades with adults and adolescents in psychiatric care, was a consultant psychotherapist and the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and recently retired from heading the NHS Psychotherapy Service for the London borough of Redbridge... More >>

Marcus West
Marcus West is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and the UK Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology; he is also a trained EMDR practitioner. He is author of three books, Into the Darkest Places: Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind (2016), Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice (2011), and Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self: a new perspective on identity, affect and narcissistic disorders (2007)... More >>


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Handouts and lunch included
Self-funded: £120
Self-funded x 2: £200
Organisationally-funded: £200
Under 25's: £70

CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

8 All Saints Street
N1 9RL

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:30 Coffee
13:30 Lunch
17:00 End